Posted in NaNoWriMo, Writing

Step One: Summary

With a little over a month until National Novel Writing Month starts, I have been busying preparing. My outline is nowhere complete but as November 1 approaches, I’m confident that I can figure out more of my plot. I have the beginning and I know how it’s going to end, now I have to figure out the rest of the novel.

In order to accomplish this and too keep “on track” on what I want the story to be about, I have composed a rough draft of my summary. I have written it about ten times and this will be last draft for a while. I won’t pretend to know how to write a summary. Usually, it’s what the story is about while highlighting the important key points of a story. I’m no expert which is why I have been browsing Goodreads and reading summaries for different type of books. This way, I was able to format my summary with what I read.

I decided to post my summary of Phantom Blade on here for a little bit of feed back but also to let you guys know about what I have been up to. This is what I have so far:

“Humans must never know the truth . . .

Breaking that rule is the sole existence for Enforcers – the Fae powered individuals who have sworn to keep the paranormal existence from humans. At any cost. At least, that was what Avon believed.

Now, as an ex-Enforcer, Avon only has one thing on her mind: hunting and killing the demon that slaughtered her team. But after two years of tracking down every lead and killing anyone in her path, the trail has started to grow cold and the Council won’t sit idly be. Reinstated at an immigration office for demons – run by demons – it’s taking Avon every ounce of her will power not to kill them and continue her hunt. But when paranormals start disappearing, she is partnered with the demon, Samael, to discover the perp.

Samael was living the dream – as well as any demon could – on the Council’s payroll as an immigrant officer for his fellow demons. But when the higher-ups force him to work with Avon, a permanent trip to hell seems like a better option. But Samael is no detective and it doesn’t help that the two are always butting heads.

With no one cooperating and the werewolves acting strange, trust is the last thing on their minds. Avon knows that the only one she can truly trust is her blade even if it means giving into the power inside her. Nothing is as it seems and the case might be closer to home than Avon realizes.”

It’s not perfect and it can definitely use more tune up but for now, it will have to do. Having a summary will keep me on track for what I want to accomplish in November and I’m looking forward to developing this story.

Thanks for reading.



Kassandra Carrillo received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She enjoys writing dark paranormal fiction. However, she has dabbled in writing fantasy as well, science fiction, western, short stories, poetry, and scriptwriting, but she prefers writing novels. When she's not writing, Kassandra likes to crochet, practice her art, and stream video games.

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